Resolution No. 570/2022 (“Resolution“), issued by the National Communications Authority (ENACOM), was published in the Official Gazette on 31 March 2022. The Resolution establishes that news signals that are mandatory for the subscription of television services must include additional visual communication media that uses sign language and closed captioning.
The main purpose of the Resolution is to make content more accessible to people with sensory disabilities.
For such purpose, it is determined that ICT licensees registered with ENACOM to provide subscription services by physical and/or radio-electric and satellite link must incorporate sign language translation and closed captioning in the news signals of mandatory inclusion.
The incorporation must be made following the term established in the Progressive Scheme for the Implementation of Additional Media (“Scheme”) approved under Annex I of the Resolution. The Scheme establishes that within 180 days of the entry into force of the Resolution, the obligated parties must incorporate the following in the news signals of mandatory inclusion:
- At least three hours of subtitled programming, between 7 pm and 11 pm. After the 180-day term, it shall be progressively incorporated, in successive periods of 180 days, three hours a day of subtitled programming until the totality of the programming is completed
- At least one hour per day of programming translated into sign language, from 6 am to 10 am and 7 pm to 11 pm, respectively. After the 180-day term, it shall be progressively incorporated, in successive periods of 180 days, one hour per day of programming translated into sign language until the time slot from 6 am to 10 am is completed, and one hour per day of programming translated into sign language until the central time slot (i.e., 7 pm to 11 pm) is completed
Any breaches of the Scheme or the lack of incorporation of the additional media referred to above by the obliged parties will give rise to the application of the penalties provided for in Title VI of the Audiovisual Media Law No. 26,522.
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